It is so hard to believe that another year is coming to a close. I would love to say that another year over means another year wiser, but I can’t. At least not totally.
I have learned several things this year: love matures and grows, expect the unexpected, and you are stronger than you give yourself credit for. One thing I never thought I would ever think about saying regarding me.
But in any case, 2017 had so many positives, despite the scary negatives. So here is 2017 in review for Making Our Life Matter. Enjoy it, big changes coming in 2018 as soon as I can get them together.
January is always my month where I spend time complaining about snow. And Winter. And cold. Yeah, in case you haven’t figured it out, Winter isn’t my thing. So instead, I wrote some posts about our Florida trip in 2016. Some of my favorites included: Tybee Island, Loews Royal Pacific Hotel in Florida, and the T-Rex Cafe in Disney Springs.
Unfortunately, February was much of the same. Me complaining about the cold, and wishing I was somewhere warm. But there was also a major milestone going on in our home: deciding on which college my son wanted to attend. We had a bunch of acceptances to consider, so we made some final visits back to the schools. We even had an Oreo Dunk Challenge to try to narrow things down. In the end, he went with where he felt most comfortable and connected.
Yup, still complaining about the cold weather, but at least there is more daylight than darkness, which helps tremendously. A great way to get through these last few weeks is to have an unplugged family night. It is amazing how much fun a good board game can be!
April was very low key for me on the blog. I actually took most of the month off from blogging to plan a major milestone in May. So let’s get right to it, lots to share!
May was a HUGE month for all of us. Our son attended his new student orientation. It was so hard for this Momma, but seeing the smile on his face when we were there was all that I needed.
But before we attended New Student Orientation, hubby and I had our own road trip. Well, not a road trip, but a plane ride! We headed back to Jamaica to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary!
It was an absolutely amazing time(even though it rained almost the whole time), and we are so glad that we went. We renewed our wedding vows, and I have to tell you, it was even more special than I could ever have imagined!
You can read more about our trip here. With this cold weather, I am LONGING to be there right now.
Finally the weather is warm, and I was able to look forward to our favorite trip to Wildwood NJ. Not as much as other years because we had to leave early to take oldest to college!! But before either one of those things happened, we had graduation to attend!
And, of course, a fun graduation party!
July was pretty uneventful except for visiting our oldest at college for the weekend. He was only gone for 3 weeks, but it felt like forever for this Mom! I spent some time going through pictures from our anniversary trip, and was wishing I was having a rum punch from Club Mobay!
Everything was absolutely perfect and amazing. And then August showed up. We were all excited that our son was coming home for a week in between semesters, and we couldn’t wait to see him.
And then we got the phone call no parent ever wants to get. He had been injured and broke a bone in his back. This is the part of the year where I found a strength I didn’t think I possessed. Or wanted to know that I had. Thankfully he had a successful surgery, is completely recovered, and heading back to school next weekend. And I am very glad I took the time to check on our insurance before he went.
Make sure you take the time to read this post about the 3 things you MUST do before your child heads to college.
September was a quieter month. I was home on FMLA with my son to help him recuperate. I was so proud of how he handled everything with his surgery, recovery, and listening to the surgeon’s instructions. He was a total rock star!
I was able to really sit down and work on the blog in between helping him. And it really was working great. I had my pageviews back up to about 20000 per month. Even when the pesky internet went out.
I also shared about how to get your pets ready for the Winter months.
So October was interesting. As much as I hated that my son was injured, I found that I really enjoyed being at home with him. But more importantly, working from home on my blog. I even stepped out of my comfort zone and attended my first blog conference.
I am so glad that I went, and I am working on applying what I learned for 2018. Like I said, big changes may be coming, so be sure to look out for them!
NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER
I am lumping both of these together because, as you know, I work retail. This season was exceptionally hard because my heart wasn’t in it. People were more nasty than usual. And my body was just SO tired. I lost so much blog traction over the past two months. Back to under 6,000 pageviews per month because I don’t have the time.
But most importantly, my son is completely healed. He is registered and headed back to school next week. We came together as a family. We got support from people we never met before in our lives. Penn State is a family, and they guard their family as fiercely as a Lion. And I am so glad we are part of that family. For my Penn State Parents that are reading this: WE ARE! You were an integral part of making it through this nightmare!
So that in 2017 in review. Many good points, and one completely scary part. But we made it through, we are together, and we are going to make the most out of 2018. How about you? What are your goals for 2018?